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Title: Burnout
Fandom: FFXII, FF Tactics
Characters: Basch
Rating: PG
Prompt: #92 - magic (or the lack of it)
Summary: Post-game AU where Mist stops working as expected. Multiparter. Timeline!



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Basch attends these meetings for Larsa.

The geniuses, the educated, and the daring still find employment in Draklor, harried as they never were when Mist flowed free as air. Chasms punctuate the agenda as Draklor divides itself: turning to new science to determine how to best harvest what Mist remains, and to old sciences, of oils and the laws of flight, not fancies of Mistcraft like the Strahl and Siren were. Engineers for the bridges, designers to activate old sewers, to write new manuals for old pumps and counterweights. The plagues come and go without palings for prevention, and Draklor divides again, studying a medicine more like war than healing.

Draklor's Chief of Development counts his heads thrice over, recruits his young staff ruthlessly, educates then re-educates then uses them to gibbering breakdown, beyond; more expertise in less skulls for less salary.

Basch is no scientist. He holds his hand to the scar cleaving his chest vertically. He too wishes Draklor had more to offer Ivalice in compensation for what they shattered so blithely. Beneath his too-thin skin Basch can still feel the wire holding his breastbone closed, as though his heart were winged, his chest just another iron cage.

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